Interlake senior Gretchen Dayment (left) drives to the hoop during the Saints’ 53-42 loss to Lake Washington on Dec. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Interlake senior Gretchen Dayment (left) drives to the hoop during the Saints’ 53-42 loss to Lake Washington on Dec. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Saints fall short in 53-42 loss to Lake Washington

The Kangaroos pulled away in the fourth quarter to hand the Saints their fourth straight loss.

The Interlake Saints girls basketball team (0-4) saw a third-quarter lead slip away during a 53-42 loss to the Lake Washington Kangaroos (1-2) on Dec. 11.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Saints took a 31-26 lead after sophomore Mira Chew hit a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter. The Kangaroos tied the game up heading into the fourth quarter at 34.

Lake Washington carried that momentum into the fourth quarter, going on a 15-5 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lake Washington closed the game out late in the fourth quarter to secure a 53-42 win.

Chew lead the Saints with a team-high 10 points, followed by sophomore Jenna Schmitt with nine points.

Interlake head coach Ryan Cruz said he was proud of the effort his players gave against a talented opponent.

“We’re a young team, so to be able to compete with them at a high level, I’m very proud of our girls,” Cruz said.

With only two seniors on the team, Cruz said it’s important for the team to keep learning and facing one of the top teams in the league is a good measuring stick early in the young season.

“We need some game experience,” Cruz said. “We’re not making winning plays and it showed at the end. For us, it’s just trying to mature a little bit more and to get it into our game plan a little bit more.”

The Saints are winless in their first four games, so Cruz said it’s important for the team to stay together and to keep fighting.

“We’re 0-4, so it’s very easy to have things go sideways, but our girls are finding a way to stick together,” Cruz said. “They know the big picture down the line to get into the two or three seed into districts, so we’re trying to stay really confident and to build our team over the next few weeks.”

Lake Washington was able to use its size to its advantage, with 6-foot-4 sophomore Elise Hani (14 points) and her sister, 6-foot freshman Sydney Hani (seven points).

“There’s no real answer to that (size),” Cruz said. “For the most part, we’re just trying to make sure we were physical with (Elise Hani) in the post. For the most part, our game plan worked how I wanted it to, we just came up a little short.”


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Lake Washington sophomore Elise Hani (middle) and Interlake senior Mia Robertson (right) jostle for position of a rebound on Dec. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Lake Washington sophomore Elise Hani (middle) and Interlake senior Mia Robertson (right) jostle for position of a rebound on Dec. 11. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

More in Sports

t
Bellevue blasts past Lincoln

Bellevue’s Blake Teets, right, runs up against Lincoln’s Jatavias Ross during the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Panthers Youth Rugby
Panthers Youth Rugby rolls into action

Panthers Youth Rugby is encouraging boys and girls in middle school and… Continue reading

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman charged with five misdemeanors in King County

Charges were filed following an incident at home of Sherman’s in-laws in Redmond.

Screenshot
Redmond Police arrest former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

Redmond Police allege former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman crashed into a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Casino unveiled the first immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience Sept. 18, 2020, in a ribbon cutting dedication with Snoqualmie Tribe Council members and Snoqualmie Casino executives. Courtesy photo
Gambling Commission OKs pacts with tribes for sports betting

Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.

Bellevue’s Dan Marino blasts up field during the Wolverines’ 58-15 victory over Skyline on March 27. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus
Bellevue blasts Skyline in football action

Bellevue’s Dan Marino blasts up field during the Wolverines’ 58-15 victory over… Continue reading

t
Corulli runs wild in Newport victory

Newport sophomore Zachary Corulli literally tore up the turf while notching four… Continue reading

t
Bellevue blanks Interlake, 3-0, in girls soccer

Bellevue junior Kendall Serres, left, battles Interlake senior Audrey Doran for the… Continue reading

Mount Si’s Andy Cole tackles Bellevue’s Ishaan Daniels on March 12 after a lengthy run during Bellevue’s first possession of the second half, which resulted in a touchdown. Mount Si won, 23-13. In volleyball action on March 8, Bellevue defeated Newport, 3-0. Pictured for Bellevue (3-0) are Brooke Huard, left, and Kaitlyn Watson. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus
Bellevue teams hit the gridiron and volleyball court

Mount Si’s Andy Cole tackles Bellevue’s Ishaan Daniels on March 12 after… Continue reading

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.